Irish stadium rock giants U2 will return to Australia in 2019 to revisit perhaps their most celebrated album, The Joshua Tree.
Announced this morning, the group will embark on a tour of New Zealand, Japan, Singapore and South Korea throughout November and December, including five Australian dates that will see the group play shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide.
With their last new album Songs of Experiences released in back in 2017, the group will revisit the album retrospective format currently being embraced by bands like The Cure, whose Vivid Live performance of Disintegration has drawn mixed reviews this week. Released in 1987, Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois-produced The Joshua Tree marked a career high point for the group spawning hits including With or Without You and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For. The band first returned to the album for a series of shows in 2017 marking the album’s 30th anniversary.
“It’s only taken me 30 years to learn how to sing these songs and it’s great to be able to say that I’ve finally caught up with the band,” frontman Bono has said of the tour. “Our audience has given The Joshua Tree a whole new life on this tour. Doing these shows has been very special for us, a lot of emotion… From the despair of how relevant some of the dark songs still are, to the joy, pure fun of the staging… it’s quite a ride.”
The band will play Adelaide Oval on Tuesday, November 19. Although only one show is scheduled, the conspicuously large gaps between dates suggests the band have either allocated room for more shows, or a lot of koala cuddling time in between.
Former Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher will open the Australia and New Zealand dates.
U2 Joshua Tree Australian tour dates
Mt Smart Stadium
Friday, November 8
Tuesday, November 12
Friday, November 15
Tuesday, November 19
Sydney Cricket Ground
Friday, November 22
Wednesday, November 27
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